The Wairau Valley runs from Renwick ten kilometres west of Blenheim,
the centre of one of New Zealand’s top wine producing areas, through
to the Rainbow Ski Fields and Nelson Lakes National Park with all
its wild beauty.
The Wairau is a classic braided South Island River, fast flowing, cool,
clear and very popular with fishermen. Highway 63 which runs up the
south side of the valley will take you through to the West Coast,
while the North bank road will give you access to the excellent hiking
routes and mountain peaks of the Richmond Forest Park.
There are more than 436 kilometres of walking and hiking tracks in the park.
The more popular longer walks include the Pelorus Track and for experienced
hikers the Alpine Route. Short walks are available at most road-ends.
The Valley was originally surveyed into large sheep runs such as Bankhouse,
Landsdowne and Hillersden, which over time have been reduced in size bringing
more residents to the valley.
However the wild majesty of the Valley and its mountains remains unblemished.
Fishtail Lodge B&B your country style accommodation with beautiful gardens and view of Mount Fishtail and
The village of Wairau Valley situated some 27 kilometers west of Renwick has many interesting people.
Jeymar Soap Shop, handmade soaps and body products
Steve Holton, fine woodcraft
Wairau Valley Marlborough oldest Tavern, meals available
Leighvander Cottage, hundred varieties of lavender and special gifts
Wai-natur Naturist Park
Wairau Valley Peonies, from October till November
Wairau Valley Golf Course only a 7 minutes walk
Wairau Valley Tennis